Our last day went by way too fast. We were cruising the Inside Passage between the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island and British Columbia's mainland. During the morning we had fog but the sun soon burned it off and were blessed with a beautiful sunny day.
There are many activities onboard this day. The last minute duty free-tax free shopping, the stirring Parade of Flags (with the crew singing "We Are Family."), cooking demonstrations, towel folding~how to make a lobster out of a towel, ice carving demo, BINGO...you just hop from one thing to another. All the time enjoying the beautiful scenery on both sides of the ship. All the time getting closer to Seattle...
The Parade of Flags brings a tear to my eyes. The officers, staff and crew aboard "The Vision of the Seas" represent over 50 countries. They come marching along deck 10, down the stairs and stand around the edge of the pool with their respective flags. If these people can work together on a daily basis for months at a time...why can't the countries of the world take a cue from them and live in harmony? It is truly a sight to behold. And I'm sure all of you who have cruised will agree.
We played BINGO once last time Thursday afternoon. One person winning the final jackpot of over $5,000 on a black out game. Nope, it wasn't me. :(
As we went to dinner, we reflected on all our adventures of the past week. After eating, Dennis, Darlene & I went to the lower level of the dining room and found little Sally from the Philippines. She was our assistant waiter last year. She didn't remember our names, but she remembered our big group of people and was thrilled we came to see her. This year she's a full fledged waiter and we congratulated her on that promotion.
There was a beautiful sunset this night as well as an almost full moon. I think most of us were feeling the same, we all knew we were getting closer to Seattle~that when we woke up in the morning , we'd be docked there.
Back in our cabins, we did our last minute packing, remembering to hold out what we would need in the morning. All baggage had to be out in the hall by 11pm, so it could be taken to the lower deck and off loaded in Seattle in the morning. Then we settled in for our last night in our floating home..again knowing that in the morning we'd be in Seattle.